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5th Jul, 2022

FOOTBALL - Moors players heap praise on boss Ardley ahead of play-off semi-final

SOLIHULL Moors midfielders Joe Sbarra and Kyle Storer have heaped praise on manager Neal Ardley ahead of the club’s semi-final clash with Chesterfield this weekend.

Moors have an unprecedented chance to reach the National League play-off final having enjoyed a remarkable season that saw the club finish on 87 points to secure a third-placed finish in the regular season.

And the club now hope to finish the campaign in style and know they are just two wins away from reaching the Football League for the first time in their history.

Prolific midfielder Sbarra, who has scored 18 goals in the National League this season, hopes Moors can continue their fine form which he puts down to boss Ardley’s principles.

Sbarra said: “It’s very exciting, we’ve got a very positive feeling around the place and we’re all looking forward to it, on the pitch and off the pitch the club has really developed over the last few years.

“We’re a confident bunch, we believe in what we do, the gaffer has put his principles in and we work towards that, we just hope we can continue that through the play-offs.

“It’s a really good group, it’s like a little family, we want to do it for each other, from the start the gaffer has told us don’t let the result affect the performance and we’ve played our way throughout the whole season.

“There will probably be a few more stress levels and nerves going into the game but, if you change what you’re good at it’s a recipe for disaster, if you go into it doing the same things you give yourself the best chance.”

Club captain Storer insists expectation is high within the Moors camp as the 35-year-old looks to play a key role in helping Moors create history.

Storer added: “Look at the run we’ve been on, there’s no reason not to be happy, the form is good, the morale is good and the camp is happy.

“The gaffer has been the main part of it, he embedded a great culture in pre-season and we’ve taken it on, everyone is hungry for success and that’s what drives it.

“When I walked through the door we were averaging 400 fans and now we’re at close to 2,000, the fan base has definitely grown and that comes with success.

“Expectation inside the dressing room is big, we’ve been the surprise package if you look at the size of the clubs in the play-offs but we’re quietly hopeful.”

Solihull host Chesterfield on Sunday, May 29 with kick-off at 12.30pm at the ARMCO Arena.

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